2017 Australian Open - Men's Singles - General Discussion Thread

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Urkezi

Semi-Pro
Stan scrapes through. Well done, perhaps the Diesel has started warming up.

As for Roger, this is truly awful. The silver lining is he really can't play much worse, but it seems that he is going to have to servebot all his games to even stand a chance of winning. A match. Against anyone...
 
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reaper

Legend
Klizan gave up on the point, he was standing just about point blank at the net and Stan smashed a ball straight into him. He had all the time in the world to put that ball anywhere and went straight at Klizan full tilt. Then when Klizan is on the floor in pain, he walks over the net to check on him while the crowd boo'd him to hell.
How is Wawrinka to know that Klizan would do something as stupid as give up on that point? Wawrinka had a short forehand that he was worried Klizan could guess the right way and stab for a winner. Klizan should have been fully aware that the ball's in play, the point's live and there's every chance it's going right through him.
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
Stan went right at Klizan, with all the time in the world. It looked pretty bad, because Klizan had pretty much conceded the point. Klizan was cool about though.
I kind of think it took a little sting out of Klizan, like his zone was broken. What do you think?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Klizan gave up on the point, he was standing just about point blank at the net and Stan smashed a ball straight into him. He had all the time in the world to put that ball anywhere and went straight at Klizan full tilt. Then when Klizan is on the floor in pain, he walks over the net to check on him while the crowd boo'd him to hell.
Most players don't stand flat footed when they're prey at the net...can you watch your opponent at the same time you're hitting the ball to see if he's a statue instead of guessing which way to move???
 

Feather

Legend
Wawrinka's shot at Klizan was perfectly legitimate. What on Earth was Klizan doing edging forward and not contesting the point while the ball's in play? Wawrinka had every right to believe Klizan would still be out to hit a reflex winner off the Wawrinka forehand by guessing the right way.
Stan went right at Klizan, with all the time in the world. It looked pretty bad, because Klizan had pretty much conceded the point. Klizan was cool about though.
Klizan gave up on the point while at the net, Wawrinka hit it full in the groin at about 170kph
Thanks guys
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
It seems Federer is feeling the pressure of a slam comeback. He looked much quicker, smoother and took the ball much earlier on the rise last week in Perth. I hope and believe he will get better each round.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
How is Wawrinka to know that Klizan would do something as stupid as give up on that point? Wawrinka had a short forehand that he was worried Klizan could guess the right way and stab for a winner. Klizan should have been fully aware that the ball's in play, the point's live and there's every chance it's going right through him.
Body language. You you can safely crush it without harming the opponent. That was not a fake and bake.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Damn, Melzer with a slice backhand cross-court pass brings up 2 BPs.

The drop volley not good enough, and Melzer runs it down and passes him again. Melzer serving for the 2nd set.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
As I said pre tournament fed is not ready for a deep slam run. I think he will lose to Berdych if he evens survives his 2 qualies. I thought he could beat Berdych but watching him now there isn't much chance.
 

The_Order

G.O.A.T.
How is Wawrinka to know that Klizan would do something as stupid as give up on that point? Wawrinka had a short forehand that he was worried Klizan could guess the right way and stab for a winner. Klizan should have been fully aware that the ball's in play, the point's live and there's every chance it's going right through him.
Stan had plenty of time. Not saying it's an illegitimate shot, but he could have placed that anywhere and he knew full well what Klizan was doing. it was unnecessary.
 

Sartorius

Hall of Fame
Melzer was an easy opponent for Fed 6-7 years ago. Look at their slam matches in 2010. Fed was in pretty bad form at Wimb and he still straight setted him.
Huge difference between Fed 2010 vs Fed today. See how Melzer's playing? That's what he's capable of.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Stan had plenty of time. Not saying it's an illegitimate shot, but he could have placed that anywhere and he knew full well what Klizan was doing. it was unnecessary.
Stan is quite infamous for missing sitters, and at such a crucial stage of the match, it was obviously the safest play. It just looked worse than normal because Klizan had given up, and it actually hit him.
 

reaper

Legend
Body language. You you can safely crush it without harming the opponent. That was not a fake and bake.
How is Wawrinka to know what Klizan is thinking? That was a vital point, Klizan's shot went high, which gave Klizan an opportunity to take a competitive court position, which every other player ever to play the game at that level would have done. Instead...Klizan walks slowly towards the net, Wawrinka's watching the ball which he intends to absolutely crush because of the importance of the point, and Klizan's dopily not defending himself.
 

Krish872007

Talk Tennis Guru
Berdych might finally get a win if Federer escapes this match and reaches R3. Still won't be a Top 10 win for the Big Berd though, so that losing streak will continue :D
 

icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
convincing myself that fed wants to go through the motions of a match like this and then when this is all over, he will make a joke about how it was exciting...
 

reaper

Legend
Stan had plenty of time. Not saying it's an illegitimate shot, but he could have placed that anywhere and he knew full well what Klizan was doing. it was unnecessary.
There's absolutely no way Wawrinka could know Klizan would not compete while the ball is live. Why had Klizan conceded the point with a live ball?
 

The_Order

G.O.A.T.
1 set all. Good comeback from Melzer for a minute there it looked like he had hit the land of no return but suddenly the Fed express derailed.
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
Just in after the incredible Stan-Klizan match.

This looks like a practise set in comparison. This Federer can´t possibly beat Berdych... or can he? :eek:
 

The_Order

G.O.A.T.
There's absolutely no way Wawrinka could know Klizan would not compete while the ball is live. Why had Klizan conceded the point with a live ball?
He shouldn't have quit on the point, but it was because he knew Stan was going to put that ball away.
 
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